Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What the So-Called Health Reform Does/Doesn't Do

What is overlooked is that there are a lot of people who are very healthy -- and seldom need to see a doctor -- who now have to pay $15,000 a year for services (insurance) they don't need.

They're subsidizing the people who think the doctor and medical care facilities and insurance are primarily responsible for making them healthy, and they are the drain on the health care system, who are usually on disability/welfare to begin with.

So in effect, the so-called health plan does the opposite of what a sound health strategy would do -- which is to reward the healthy for not needing the medical care facilities, which if they do, they pay for, because it makes sense to do so in that manner.

They've never been the problem. The problem are the few who overuse and overtax the health care facilities disproportionately -- because they don't have to pay for it, because they are either on disability, or get it as tax-free compensation as government (union) employees, who think they aren't getting their money's worth unless they max out their sick leave and medical benefits.

This health care program just further enables that.

No amount of money is going to make up for the negligence of people first taking responsibility for their own health (not health care), as their own primary caregivers. And then we need a system to insure "catastrophic" health incidents -- but to require everyone to pay for health care insurance regardless -- punishes the healthy, while rewarding those who don't care. That is the real problem -- and not just adding the healthy to subsidize the unhealthy practices.

Our society is so biased into thinking that the natural state and condition of people is to be sick -- rather than to be healthy, and the latter is the only society worth creating -- and not the randomness of not knowing any difference and thinking it can be any different than dysfunctional model. We need to create a healthy society of healthy individuals -- and not simply pay for disease and dysfunction -- as the "normal."


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